Essays from Participants
Essays from Participants
* Some parts of the essays are omitted due to the limited space.
Female, Age 11, From Chiba [ID No.5498]
Because many people at the fair taught me how to play baseball with kindness, I like baseball very much now thanks to them! I also made very close friends at the fair and I feel like I could get over any tough situation in my future if they are there. Friendship is wonderful!
"Treasures of My Life"
Male, Age 11, From Tokyo [ID No.5507]
Life at the dormitory was very fun too. I enjoyed talking with friends from other countries using body-language. The souvenirs that I exchanged with them, like traditional things from their home country, are treasures I will keep my whole life! I learned lots of things through the 9 days and I am ready to make the most of it to become a good baseball player. I also want to come back to help the WCBF when I grow up. So, I will study English hard to become one of the Host Staff in the future.
"PPAP All Together!"
Male, Age 11, From Gifu [ID No.5518]
In an exchange event, we rode an amphibious bus called the SKY DUCK. It was my first time riding it and the city view from the bay was very beautiful. I want to try that again.
Entering Yokohama Stadium for the Opening Ceremony was awesome too.
I will never forget everything I learned at the WCBF. Thank you very much for the opportunity.
"Cambodia, First Time in the WCBF (2017)"
Male, Age 11, From Cambodia [ID No.5438]
Once I arrived in Japan, I was very surprised because it was so clean everywhere I went. I didn’t see much garbage on the streets.
I experienced a lot of things during our stay in Japan. I was especially very happy to be able to enjoy baseball practice so much, make many friends, and eat delicious Japanese food.
Many thanks to Mr. Oh, the organizers, and all the staff members of the WCBF. I will try hard to spread baseball in Cambodia and hopefully it will be more popular in the future.
"The Happy 9 Days"
Female, Age 11, From U.S.A [ID No.5489]
WCBF also gave my friends and I, some goodies to remember it by (as if they didn’t give enough already!). WCBF was over generous, but I was very happy, all the time. They got us food, clothing, a place to stay, field trips, multiple parties, extra goodies, transportation, and of course, baseball clinics.
Sadaharu Oh, Akiko Agishi, Hank Asron and many, many others, I am grateful that you chose me, Mikey (my chaperone), and everybody else that was here for WCBF2017. I hope this organization will continue for many more years. I will forever remember my experiences. I can’t say thank you, or arigato gozaimasu, enough.
"I want to Go Back to Yokohama!"
Male, Age 11, From Italy [ID No.5470]
"Love Japanese Food!"
Male, Age 11, From Chinese Taipei [ID No.5449]
"Our Son Participated in the WCBF"
From France, Parent of a Participant [ID No.5454]
He loved all his baseball trainings, improved a lot and felt very motivated to play once back in France!
He met good friends and he will never forget this human sportive adventure for sure!
He was so happy and proud of his brand new gear his baseball bag full of surprises he didn’t want to wear any other T shirts and shorts than yours the ones of WCBF the whole end of summer!!!!! And he keeps the memories fresh into his mind even once back to school thanks to the WCBF Watch he can’t leave!!!!
As parents we wanted to thank you too for all the efforts you made for all the kids you took care of them the way parents dreamt of having their kids being taken care of!
It was hard to know him/ them far away from us but knowing them so happy made it easier...
My son will never forget this exceptional adventure just like all the kids who participated from all countries I suppose so again A BIG THANK YOU for him and all of them you deserve to know they lived just in a big dream for a few days thanks to all of you!
"I want to play baseball again with my friends from the world!"
From Mie, Age 11, Male [ID No.4829]
"Baseball connects the world together."
From Nara, Age10, Male [ID No.4873]
"Friends of different languages."
From Wakayama, Age10, Female [ID No.4840]
"Next will be my turn!"
From Nara, Age 10, Male [ID No.4845]
"My lifetime memories."
From Chiba, Age11, Male [ID No.4874]
"I really enjoyed this Fair."
From India, Age 10, Male [ID No.4771]
I really enjoyed my visit to Japan—it was even better than I had imagined! I liked staying at the Youth Center and I liked the staff there too. I loved the techniques of teaching baseball of the IBAF coaches. It was amazing to see how we were welcomed by the hosts and they saw us off. I know that Japanese people are very kind and I am grateful for the opportunity that you have provided to so many children like me to visit your beautiful country. I hope many of you will visit our country too and meet me when you do! Arigato gozaimasu!
"My memorable baseball experience in Japan."
From New Zealand, Age11, Male [ID No.4782]
"I really like Japan."
From Cote d'Ivoire, Age 10, Male [ID No.4747]
Letters from Previous WCBF Participants
Letters from Previous WCBF Participants
Bram Grooten [ID No.3814: Netherlands]
In 2006 I participated at the World Children's Baseball Fair in Sapporo, Japan. It was an awesome experience! I really liked the clinics and the little games with kids from all over the world. Also the food was really nice. With the four boys and one girl from the Netherlands, we had our own Japanese mentor/assistant/supporter: Yuki Ota. He was so kind! I still have contact with him on facebook. Also with other kids around the world, we email sometimes. The trip to the robot museum is also something I didn't forget. It was really cool, they even had a robot fish! And we made some more great trips, to the Sapporo Dome for example.
I am 17 years old now and I still play baseball of course. I'm in the fifth class at a high school in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. School's going great, and so is baseball. When I was 15 I played at the European Championship for age under 16. We finished in 3rd place. Today I was watching the Netherlands at the WBC (World Baseball Classic). They played very well, and I hope to play at the WBC myself when I'm older.
It would be really nice if the WCBF was organized in the Netherlands once in a while. I would really like to help organize the Fair, or give clinics, or be a mentor for a group. But that would be when I'm a little bit older probably.
Because I'm almost finished with my high school in the Netherlands (one year to go), I'm searching for colleges in America. My plan is to go there and follow a decent study and of course play a whole lot of baseball! After that, I want to get to the next level... the fun of baseball will always live!
Louis Gillet [ID No.2805: Belgium]